JLab’s Go keyboard isn’t fairly as elegant as Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but it surely’s a fraction of the value at simply $20/£20, and its versatile connectivity options make it choice to be used with a number of units, together with Macs, Home windows and iPads.
The Go has an analogous low-profile design to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, however its light-weight plastic isn’t as sturdy as Apple’s dearer aluminium design. We’d in all probability principally use it indoors however, even so, it ought to have the ability to survive the occasional journey outside in a backpack, and it solely weighs 325g, so it’s simple to hold round as nicely. It’s additionally much more versatile than its Apple rival, as it may possibly pair with three totally different units and rapidly change between them by utilizing handy keyboard shortcuts.
In addition to working with Bluetooth, the Go additionally features a wi-fi USB adaptor, which may present higher vary and reliability than a traditional Bluetooth connection. Nonetheless, the USB adaptor has a USB-A interface, so that you’ll want a USB-C adaptor in case your Mac has no USB-A ports. We had no bother pairing the Go together with our MacBook Professional and iPad and switching between them repeatedly. The Go additionally has some extra keyboard shortcuts that inform it to adapt to Apple units, Android, or Home windows PCs, in order that its varied Perform keys work correctly. All the usual Perform keys labored as we’d count on, permitting us to regulate brightness and quantity, and activate the Search software on each our MacBook and iPad. And, in addition to typical Perform keys for quantity and playback controls, the Go additionally has a little bit dial within the prime-proper nook that means that you can rapidly modify the amount, play and pause, and skip ahead/again when listening to music.
The compact keyboard is finest suited to informal use, for writing emails and shopping the net, however the keys journey nicely, so you’ll be able to write a number of longer paperwork every so often if it is advisable. The one minor disappointment is that the Go doesn’t have a chargeable battery, as a substitute counting on two AAA batteries for its energy provide. Nonetheless, JLab does embody two batteries with the Go, and says that these ought to final for round 4 months, earlier than it is advisable exchange them.